S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Stanley Donen , 1958)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,743,848,529 bytes
Feature Size: 19,653,439,488 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 22nd, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 859 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 859 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: In this reteaming of the stars of Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious by producer and director Stanley Donen (Charade) - Romance is in the air when a dashing diplomat (Cary Grant) is introduced to a beautiful and famous actress (Ingrid Bergman). The fact that he's married doesn't stop the love-struck pair from falling into a passionate affair. But it turns out that the actress isn't the only one with the talent for role-playing - her married lover is actually a single playboy with no intentions of settling down. When his secret is revealed, she decides to give her Romeo a taste of his own medicine. Two of the film's best features are the terrific color photography by legendary cinematographer, Freddie Young (Doctor Zhivago) and the magnificent new look gowns by Christian Doir designed for Bergman. Norman Krasna adapted his own play "Kind Sir" for the big screen.
Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and director Stanley Donen looked to the past
as inspiration for Indiscreet, a glittering 1958 romantic comedy, which
echoes such classic films of Hollywood's past as The Awful Truth
(1937) and My Favorite Wife (1940). In doing so, they set the
future course for Donen and Bergman's careers.
Adapted by Norman Krasna from his play Kind Sir, Indiscreet stars Ingrid Bergman as a wealthy actress and Cary Grant as an international financial wizard. While Grant is visiting London, Bergman's sister Phyllis Calvert and brother-in-law Cecil Parker introduce Grant to Bergman. Because he feels he has no time for marriage, Grant pretends to be married to avoid romantic tangles. Bergman, however, finds the prospect of an affair with a married man to be quite exhilarating. When she discovers the truth, Bergman gets even with the now-smitten Grant by faking a romance with an ex-boy friend--ordering luckless chauffeur David Kossoff to pose as her beau. A comedy by grownups, about grownups and for grownups (at least by 1958 standards), Indiscreet proved to be far more successful as a film than as a stage play.Excerpt from Hal Erickson at the NY Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Indiscreet has a modest Blu-ray transfer from Olive Films. This is only single-layered and contrast looks adept if not outstanding - but this is probably more the condition of the source. I don't know that dual-layering would benefit the visuals extensively. The black levels seem to support the HD visuals but colors (rich reds) may be the most notable attribute. There is some definite grain texture. There are not a lot of different scene locations in Indiscreet with most of the action taking place in the apartment of Anna Kalman (Ingrid Bergman.). The Blu-ray improved the presentation over an the crummy 2001 SD DVD rendering that I recall but this is certainly not at the video-presentation level of a Charade - but I don't blame the transfer.
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The 'Indiscreet' theme is by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen and there is a gentle original score running through the film by Richard Bennett and Ken Jonesvia a DTS-HD mono track at 859 kbps. There is no depth or range to speak of but it seems a faithful transfer without flaws. There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with their releases.
January 21st, 2013
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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